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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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807 Ratings
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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 882
Gots: 173 | FT: 26
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial porter brewed with coffee and honey and aged in bourbon barrels.

2011 vintage - 11% ABV

(Beer added by: s1ckboy on 11-20-2011)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Have heard lots of good things about this beer, so stoked to get a chance to try it. This one came in a recent trade with jbeatty. Thanks again man. All these HF brews were top class!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Brewed with coffee and honey and aged in bourbon barrels.

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour, somewhat transparent, yields a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Fades to a light wisp and ring with some bubbles on top. Black body, opaque, with lower levels of carbonation evident. A ring and splotchy wisp remain until the end and leave some dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty solid looking.

SMELL: Big nose right off the pour. Roasted malts and burnt coffee beans for sure, with some light honey and a good dose of bourbon, oak and vanilla from the barrels. A light touch of pure, dark chocolate and molasses are detectible as well. Bold and impressive stuff, and everything balances wonderfully.

TASTE: Some bourbon barrel up front initially with some touches of sweet honey and caramel. More of the base beer comes through at the swallow, but it is still much more bourbon barrel forward than the nose had indicated. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and some sweet honey at the finish, with notes of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate as well. The barrel dominant aftertaste is big and persistent, with just a touch of sweet honey and caramel and chocolate notes trying to push through. This is flavorful and delicious, but not quite as well balanced as the nose. Still, an absolutely decadent treat.

PALATE: Medium full body with medium levels of carbonation. Slightly creamy, though a bit prickly on the palate, goes down fine and finishes mouth-coating. A slight burn and some heat lingers after the swallow. Pretty decent feel, though a touch hot still maybe.

OVERALL: This was a really tasty treat. The nose on this thing is out of this world, with plenty of bold aromas and a fantastic balance between the base beer and adjuncts on the one hand, and the barrel on the other. The taste is also fantastic, but the barrel pushes the balance just a touch off center. In the end, this is a phenomenal brew and is another chapter in the brilliant imperial porters that Hill Farmstead seems to be brewing up. I would more than love to have this again at some point. Thanks again jbeatty. Whole-heartedly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 20:56:58 | More by Jeffo
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +7%

02-07-2012 14:23:37 | More by nmann08
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-07-2012 02:43:30 | More by xnicknj
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-07-2012 01:11:26 | More by TimoP
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WMEugene

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-06-2012 23:03:55 | More by WMEugene
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a really nice looking black color with a brown head on top. The smell of the beer was sweet with lots of wooden aromas to it. The taste of the beer had some interesting transitions to it, the beer was sweet up front with some nice bourbon vanilla flavors that got a little funky in the aftertaste. The honey didn't really come through too well but the coffee notes were a good bittering agent here. The mouthfeel was of a typical porter but it was on the fence with a stout. Overall I liked it quite a bit. I would enjoy this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 19:45:45 | More by Knapp85
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funkel81

California

3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

02-06-2012 17:52:47 | More by funkel81
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-06-2012 01:03:26 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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nickhiller

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-05-2012 22:08:29 | More by nickhiller
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-05-2012 18:57:28 | More by sisuspeed
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

02-05-2012 18:46:08 | More by acurtis
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meechelle

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-05-2012 18:01:35 | More by meechelle
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

02-05-2012 17:45:16 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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garrisonp

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-05-2012 16:47:00 | More by garrisonp
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.6%

02-05-2012 15:29:15 | More by rondufresne
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

02-05-2012 14:17:41 | More by wdarcy77
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-05-2012 13:43:16 | More by portia99
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-05-2012 04:12:45 | More by waiting4lunch
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claspada

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-04-2012 17:24:13 | More by claspada
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +7%

02-02-2012 01:46:35 | More by Satchboogie
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-31-2012 16:16:25 | More by phingdong
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hu5om

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-30-2012 20:59:16 | More by hu5om
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Pete27lax

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-28-2012 19:38:32 | More by Pete27lax
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claaark13

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brought this to a tasting and got to try an ounce. Intrigued, I was able to track down more. Thanks to the guys that have provided these bottles. Poured slightly too cold into a HF tulip. Warmed and consumed with happiness.

A - Very dark with a very, very slow rising low head. Slight lacing remains. Decent, certainly not spectacular. It sticks well to the side.

S - Coffee, a slight amount of sweetness, likely from the honey. The coffee is a smooth aroma, nothing burnt/harsh. Pretty well rounded. I can't tell if I am smelling the honey or faint vanilla.

T - Coffee, very light yet smooth vanilla. A little bit of dryness tries to come out towards the end but is subdued so well. The finish provides for the sweet coffee to return. There is almost a cocoa or cinnamon poking through the backbone. Chocolate comes out more as the tongue gets coated after a few sips. The barrel is pretty faint and seems to add a couple favorable notes. Great balance.

M - On the thicker side of medium. There is pretty low carbonation, but I somehow still really enjoy the feel. Any heaviness on the tongue seems to be due to the very low carbonation.

O - I love this beer. It presses the barrier between a Porter and a RIS. The barrel seems to be there just complementing and guiding along the base flavors. Very well crafted. I can't imagine a Porter getting any better.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:43:49 | More by claaark13
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Jzmhector

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-26-2012 01:19:58 | More by Jzmhector
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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